I had finally arrived.
The three decades of my career was now leading me to my new office on the 4th floor of the University of South Alabama's new Hancock-Whitney Stadium.
Can you imagine? However, I would never step foot in that office. God had a different office for me.
The day He called I couldn’t help but struggle with the irony of the many years of working toward my goal of moving into “that office”, looking out of the massive windows, reflecting on the victories and the failures, the highs and the lows of my life to finally reach the pinnacle of my career. I would be driving into a division-1 college football stadium to my office each morning to start my workday. Pretty cool!
Looking back, I realize that it was that day that my true purpose in life was revealed, and I was ready to embark on an incredible journey. I reached my worldly goals, but God had something much bigger and much more important in store. In fact, “immeasurably more than I could have asked or imagined.” (Ephesians 3:20)
You see, twenty years prior, the Lord saved me, and I received Christ, immediately becoming a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) with a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26). I told him that day I would serve Him anywhere, anytime. I didn’t know exactly what I was saying, but I knew I was “all in” for Jesus now knowing why He died for me. I was ready to change the world, but He responded with let’s start in your marriage and your home.
When He recently called me to full-time ministry, I said what most men probably say. How can you use a man like me? But God . . .
God told me I couldn’t do this on my own, but I wouldn’t have to. So, I dropped my nets and followed Jesus. I have had the fortune of being part of two stadiums built in Mobile, but what a humbling experience and privilege it is to share in the work of the Holy Spirit in building His kingdom and exalting the name of Jesus.
I now understand fully why He asked me to put aside my worldly desires and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I discovered not only my purpose and calling, but my joy. Oh, what a joy it is to work in the house of the Lord.
"Two things last forever, the word of God and people. This is where we should invest our time and resources." Walt Henrichsen
Travis is the Area Director for C.B.M.C. (Christian Business Men’s Connection) serving Mobile and Baldwin County in marketplace ministry. He and Elisa have been married for 29+ years. They have two sons, Eric (23) and Larkin (20).